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Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has been approved by the New Jersey legislature and heads to the Governor’s desk.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Fund)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management, and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Now, by securing long-term funding, Lake Hopatcong will receive the protection and conservation it needs,” said Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset.) “I am glad the fund’s approval heads to the Governor’s desk. With its signing, the ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ will provide stability for the local families and small businesses that surround the lake.”

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Pennacchio Evokes Bipartisanship of the Past and Urges Congress to Work Together

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Promoting bipartisanship, Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26) will introduce a resolution to urge Congress to make the individual tax cuts permanent and to revisit the SALT deduction cap in the 2018 legislative year.

“This is not a Republican issue, nor a Democratic one. In the past, both parties were able to set aside their differences and work on tax reform together for hardworking Americans,” stated Sen. Pennacchio. “In 1986, Congressional bipartisanship saved the SALT deduction and led to the passage of tax reform with votes from both sides of the aisle. By working together, Congress created long-term relief for families and retirees.”

Promoting bipartisanship, Sen. Joe Pennacchio will introduce a resolution to urge Congress to make the individual tax cuts permanent and to revisit the SALT deduction cap in the 2018 legislative year. (SenateNJ.com)

Pennacchio called on both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to work together to secure enough votes to get past the filibuster. This would focus on reinstating SALT and providing permanent tax relief for middle-class families. Under the new law, New Jersey families face a $10,000 cap on deducting their state and local property taxes from their federal taxes. The new law provides no long-term plan for property tax relief after it expires in 2025.

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Pennacchio Calls for Action on Property Tax Relief Legislation

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Christie Supports Elimination of State’s $10k Property Tax Deduction Cap

Senator Joe Pennacchio called for action on legislation he sponsors to increase property tax relief for New Jerseyans through the elimination of the $10,000 limit on the property tax deduction that can be claimed by state income tax filers. Yesterday, Governor Christie expressed support for allowing homeowners to fully deduct their property taxes, saying it’s something the state can afford to do. Pennacchio said the Legislature should pass the measure now, with Christie’s support, or in the early days of the upcoming Murphy administration.

Sen. Pennacchio calls on Governor-elect Murphy to committee to eliminating cap on property tax deduction. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor-elect Murphy has been critical of the national restriction of the SALT deduction. If he is to be consistent, he should support eliminating New Jersey’s $10,000 cap,” stated Pennacchio. “Although asked for comments by various media groups, Governor-elect Phil Murphy has yet to say he will support the elimination of the $10,000 cap. I am asking for the Governor-elect’s commitment, yea or nay. If nay, that puts great urgency on the Legislature to pass S-3598 and have Governor Christie sign it.”

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Pennacchio/Webber: “Pass the Trash” Bill to Protect Students from Sexual Abuse Has Bipartisan Support

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Assemblyman Jay Webber expressed optimism that “pass the trash” legislation they sponsor to protect students from chronically abusive teachers may advance in the upcoming legislative session with bipartisan support.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Asm. Jay Webber sponsor “pass the trash” legislation to prevent chronically abusive teachers from moving from school to school undetected. (Wikipedia)

“We have a real problem of chronic child abusers moving from school to school when new allegations arise,” said Pennacchio. “This process of ‘passing the trash’ teachers from one district to another without sharing suspected sexual misconduct is sickening. This insidious silence cannot be allowed to continue. I’m grateful that Governor-elect Murphy and Chairwoman Ruiz have joined us in the belief that a teacher who molests a child in one classroom should not have the opportunity to teach in another. I hope we can work together to protect young children in New Jersey classrooms.”

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Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Allowing EMT, Paramedic Certification Cards to Count as 2 Points for NJMVC ID Verification Program Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would expand upon the documentation accepted by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) as part of its 6 Point ID Verification program to include EMT and paramedic certification cards has passed the Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco would allow EMT and paramedic certification cards to count toward the NJMVC’s six-point ID verification requirement. (NJMVC)

“Our state’s digital driver’s license and 6 Point ID Verification program are designed to stop fraud and make it harder for criminals and terrorists to act under assumed identities,” said Pennacchio. “Our legislation allows us to maintain those strict security standards while improving the NJMVC customer experience for tens of thousands of EMTs and paramedics who carry State issued certification cards.”

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Pennacchio: Hack of PSE&G Customer Data Shows Need for Credit Report Legislation

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Bill Would Allow Consumers Three Free Credit Reports Annually to Monitor Impact of Data Breaches

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that news of a new hack that may have compromised the data of millions of New Jerseyans served by PSE&G, the state’s largest electricity provider, highlights the need for his legislation to provide consumers with more free credit reports annually.

Pennacchio: Hack of PSE&G Customer Data Shows Need for Credit Report Legislation (©iStock)

“New Jersey consumers cannot afford to wait a year to see what their credit report is,” said Pennacchio. “Recent evidence of a hack of the state’s largest utility signifies the importance of having more consumer protections in place. Allowing customers to be in the financial know-how can reduce and prevent security breaches in the future.”

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Two Decades Too Long: NJ Property Taxes Have Doubled Since $10k Deduction Enacted

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Pennacchio Says Important Form of Property Tax Relief Has Failed to Keep Up

Senator Joe Pennacchio called on incoming governor Murphy to eliminate New Jersey’s $10,000 property tax deduction cap, highlighting the massive growth in property taxes since the limit was put in place in 1996.

Pennacchio: NJ Property Taxes Have Doubled Since $10k Deduction Enacted (SenateNJ.com)

“The $10,000 cap was imposed over two decades ago when homeowners’ tax bills were less than half of what they are today,” said Pennacchio. “This important form of property tax relief has failed to keep up with the times and we need to fix it.”

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Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Approved by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

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Pennacchio Reiterates Call for Elimination of $10k Property Tax Deduction Cap

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During a New Jersey Senate session today, Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) reiterated his proposal to abolish New Jersey’s $10,000 property tax deduction limit. He made the following statement on the Senate floor:

“I, too, want to lend my name to the chorus of opposition to the removal of SALT deductions from our Federal tax returns. But at this point, it seems all we are doing is complaining. However, we do have comparable issues with non-deductibility of Federal taxes from our State returns. There are a myriad of deductions that New Jersey does not allow, such as charitable deductions, capital gains, and 401(k) contributions.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio reiterated his proposal to abolish New Jersey’s $10,000 cap on its property tax deduction. (Flickr)

“The U.S. House of Representatives version of tax reform allows a $10,000 deduction for property taxes. Currently, there is no maximum. Unfortunately, there is a maximum on what our state allows us to deduct. New Jersey’s tax burden, I may add, is the highest in the nation. That deduction is no different than what Congress is proposing – a $10,000 maximum!

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Advanced: Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Allowing EMT, Paramedic Certification Cards to Count as 2 Points for NJMVC ID Verification Program

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The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would expand upon the documentation accepted by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) as part of its 6 Point ID Verification program to include EMT and paramedic certification cards. The measure advanced in a 5-0 vote.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco would allow EMT and paramedic certification cards to count toward the NJMVC’s six-point ID verification requirement. (NJMVC)

“Our state’s digital driver’s license and 6 Point ID Verification program are designed to stop fraud and make it harder for criminals and terrorists to act under assumed identities,” said Pennacchio. “Our legislation allows us to maintain those strict security standards while improving the NJMVC customer experience for tens of thousands of EMTs and paramedics who carry State issued certification cards.”

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